U.S. Produces Historic Alpine Season
PARK CITY, UT (April 16) – As the U.S. Alpine Ski Team turns their focus to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, a look back on the historic 2013 season has the team poised for success in Sochi. The U.S. Ski Team, anchored by a golden hat trick from Ted Ligety (Park City, UT), captured five World Championship medals to become the first non-European country to win the medal standings. At 17, slalom ace Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) added to Ligety's haul with slalom gold and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) took super G bronze. Ligety, Shiffrin and Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) earned World Cup titles while the team produced 33 World Cup top three results from 10 different athletes, including 18 wins. Additionally the Best in the World women's speed team placed all six athletes on the podium, four for the first time, and won the nation's standings for downhill for the fourth straight season.
Men’s Alpine Recap
Women’s Alpine Recap
Five FIS Alpine World Ski Championships medals to become the first non-European country to win the nations medal standings
- Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) earned gold in super G, super combined and giant slalom to become the first man since Jean Claude Killy, 45 years ago in 1968, to win three or more gold in one World Championships.
- Mikaela Shiffrin (Eagle-Vail, CO) captured slalom gold to become the third youngest woman to win a slalom World Championship and youngest American to win any title since 17-year-old Diann Roffe won gold in giant slalom in 1985.
- Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) won super G bronze, the fifth World Championships medal of her career and an American women's record eighth major championship medal.
33 Audi FIS Alpine World cup podiums from 10 different athletes including 18 wins for three titles.
- Six giant slalom wins (Soelden, Beaver Creek, Alta Badia, Adelboden, Kranjska Gora, Lenzerheide) and podiums in all eight races.
- Career Fourth giant slalom title for 1022 points and a career best third in the overall standings.
- Four slalom wins (Are, Zagreb, Flachau, Lenzerheide), third in Levi and Ofterschwang, plus a third in the Moscow City Event.
- Won Word Cup Slalom title and her first crystal globe.
- Fifth in the overall standings in only her second year on tour.
Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO)
- Won 59th World Cup race, just three shy of tying Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell on all-time women’s list.
- Raced in five of seven DH races – won three – clinched male or female record sixth straight DH title.
- Locked women’s record 17th World Cup title (only Ingemar Stenmark has more with 19).
- Podiums in four of six super G’s (never worse than sixth) and in a position for the discipline title when the final race was canceled.
Fourth in overall standings for the second straight season.
Stacey Cook (Mammoth Mountain, CA)
- Two downhill podiums in Lake Louise, the first of her career to finish fourth in the discipline standings.
Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH)
- Two downhill podiums (second in Val d’Isere, third in Cortina).
- 12th in the discipline standings and 25th in overall.
Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO)
- Won the St. Anton downhill for the first Word Cup podium of her career to finish 10th in the discipline standings.
Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR)
- Captured the first podium of her career with second in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen downhill.
Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT)
- Won the Val Gardena downhill, nearly six years to the day after he won it the first time.
Marco Sullivan (Squaw Valley, CA)
- Third in the opening downhill of the season at Lake Louise.
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